Are you a Big-Rig Hypermiler ?...
03-12-2018, (Subject: Are you a Big-Rig Hypermiler ?... ) 
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03-15-2018, (Subject: Are you a Big-Rig Hypermiler ?... ) 
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(03-12-2018 )Chamberpains Wrote:  
(03-11-2018 )dhirocz Wrote:  I've been able to save an extra $200-300 a week doing this so far. I have to admit, it's a pain in the ass in the mountains though.
Unless I'm going down a steep hill, I tend to scrub off speed when I'm OOG. I'm thinking the trailer hub's are set kind of tight as it varies with which trailer I'm pulling. I've been trying to lightly press the gas going downhill lately...with the routes I run I'm kind of hesitant to go OOG while loaded.
I need to get these M726's off my truck and go to something like an M710.

I think your gonna find it's the rolling resistance holding you back when OOG (out of gear) if the trailer tires aren't fully inflated or yes those m726's are bad I just jumped to the m710's and now when I'm OOG I don't sluff of speed as rapidly. I used to get speed reduction on slight hill declines because of high rolling resistance and had to keep it in gear and actually drive it down the hill! Now it's maintaining speed easy OOG. It's a very noticeable difference.

When you slow down in speed another thing I noticed trucks don't really pass you all that fast on the hills, we all basically pull hills slow and on a long pull I'm last up it but really not by much. I see mostly guys flying by me on the flats (in my opinion, the easiest place to get fuel mileage). This is where the hammer dicks grab their radio muscles and usually scream all kinds of lovely names at me. "Rookie" and "stupid steering wheel holder" have been the newest and most popular lately. I've been at this 12 years and to battle these guys I ALWAYS win the argument by grabbing my CB radio muscle and turning it off and continue smiling while counting the money I'm putting in my bank account.
Hammer down driver!! hahaha

I was on I-65 just out of Dodge City, Al and headed to Birmingham...empty. I was climbing a hill and was in 8th gear and went through the same CB battle. LOL, the guy said my truck should be taken off the road!!! I explained to him what I was doing and yeah, he was a super trucker and yeah, I've been driving for 23 years now. I also explained to him that once he becomes a "real trucker" and buys his own truck, he'll drive a lot different but he was just in a bad mood so I just turned my radio off.


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03-15-2018, (Subject: Are you a Big-Rig Hypermiler ?... ) 
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Rawze, thanks for this info. While I'm not really able to "calculate" my mpg, I use the fuel miser in my truck which gives some surprisingly accurate results. I never get the same amount of fuel or fill up to a certain level due to weight issues. We get a bonus IF we haul an average number of standard cubic feet in the cryogenics industry so I'm constantly fluctuating with my fueling. The accuracy debate is a non-issue for me because while I'm depending on electronics for my results, the alternative is that I seriously doubt we can use pinpoint accuracy to determine the exact same amount of fuel...each and every time. At any rate, I use the fuel miser primarily to gauge my driving habits as well as determine my overall mpg. It most definitely shows up at the end of the week. Pulling hills on US 82 from I-55 in MS, I averaged 8.125 loaded. BTW, I thought I was the only one who ran OOG. Nice to know I have friends. Oh


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